With temperatures rising and rainfall decreasing, summer time is putting a serious strain on your lawn. If you are not careful, your lawn could end up dead. No rain and water restrictions can really take a shot at your ability to take care of your lawn. However, there are some tried and true tips that are sure to beat the summer heat.
When your lawn is suffering from a drought, these tips will help you survive:
Tip #1: Raise your mower blades
Raise the blades on your mower. Taller grass provides more protection from sun and grows deeper roots, which makes it more resilient.
Tip #2: Mulch, don’t bag
Resist the temptation to bag your lawn and use a mulching mower instead. The clippings will provide a barrier that keeps moisture in your lawn longer.
Tip #3: Aerate
Aerate your lawn twice a year (fall and spring) to keep out thatch and help the roots grow deeper.
Tip #4: Sharpen your blades
Sharpen your lawnmower blade. Dull blades put your grass under lots of undue stress. Stressed grass needs more water.
Tip #5: Water in the morning
Water early in the morning and when it is not windy to avoid unnecessary evaporation of your rationed water.
Tip #6: Irrigate
Use a drip type irrigation system like a soaker hose. It put water in the ground, where it is needed, more efficiently.
Tip #7: No fertilizer
Do not fertilize in the summer. Experts will tell you that fertilized lawns are more sensitive to heat and require more water.
Green is definitely a color to envy in the heart of the summer. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to keep a green lawn that makes your neighbors squirm with envy.